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What’s next in the fight against ISIS?
Should President Trump get credit for the intensification of the campaign to clean up the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria? Response to ‘the number.’
ISIS 98 percent has been lost from the areas it once — with the half of the country, Robert said since President Trump took office less than a year ago, U.S. military officials Tuesday.
The massive growth to come, as critics say that the Obama administration’s “micro-managed” the war for years, could have, in spite of intense air attacks, ended the conflict much earlier.
“The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were distressing. I mean, what are we to do with the individual target determination performed in the White house, said in some cases weeks and weeks adds,” the retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence. “The restrictions that were, in fact, led to more civilian casualties.”
But the senior Director for combating terrorism in the former President Barack Obama’s National security Council, pushed back on criticism that the former President is not doing enough to defeat ISIS.
“This was a top priority from the early days of ISIS gaining the kind of territorial safe haven in all, it was the recognition that safe refuge to expand places for terrorist groups can mean that acts of terrorism — not only in the region, but Europe and possibly in the United States,” said Joshua Geltzer, author of “the U.S. counter-terrorism strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the terrorist world-view” is now a visiting professor at Georgetown Law School.
Today, the latest American intelligence assessment says less than 1,000 ISIS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, down from a peak of up to 45,000 just two years ago. U.S. officials credit the nearly 30,000 U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and regional partners for the murder of more than 70,000 jihadists, but only a few thousand returned home.
The rest of the ISIS strongholds are concentrated in a small area along the border with Syria and Iraq. ISIS, at one point, controlled a territory the size of Ohio.
While ISIS has been largely defeated, it continues to call to fans around the world to carry out terrorist attacks during the holidays with a new message sprout out of the ground, to call Tuesday, and a suicide attack in Kabul on Christmas with ISIS responsibility. It is part of the terrorist group, efforts to expand influence in Africa and Afghanistan. The U.S. envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition warned not to expect the end of last week, that a complete defeat, in the foreseeable future.
“ISIS is a brand, and a lot of pre-existing terrorist groups — you have seen that in the Sinai, for example — to begin, raise the flag of ISIS, especially the recruitment of foreign fighters, and other things,” said Brett McGurk, Special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIS on the US Department of State, in a press briefing on Thursday with reporters at the State Department.
Deptula think that the ISIS would have ended the fight much earlier, when then-President Obama had been commander-in-chief in the field more authority. He compared President Obama’s actions to President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam war.
“Obama micro-managed the war,” Deptula said. “We could have achieved our objectives through the use of overwhelming air power in three months, not in three years.”
Deptula said ISIS-controlled oil supplies were not specifically for 15 months at the beginning of 2014, what the terror group $15 million in much-needed revenue to plot attacks, and enslave millions of innocent children.
In addition to ISIS, an old nemesis roots in Syria, and the can.to a greater priority for the Trump administration in the next year, according to Geltzer
“A lot of people, if you think Al-Qaeda are likely to think still, of the its focus on Afghanistan-Pakistan border,” he said. “But I think moved the center of gravity for Al-Qaeda to Syria at this point.”
Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @Lucas FoxNews